So Much Going on for Rite to Reign #ritetoreign

>> Friday, October 12, 2018

I know, I know, I've been talking about Rite to Reign frequently, but there's so much going on that I feel like you all need a rundown on this remarkable set of books.

For one thing, there's a several month party going on on Facebook, where authors from the set and many invited authors will come with giveaways and information and games every day from now until we release in December. Join in, why don't you?






And a book fair going on for October with tons of great stuff available and the chance for a $25 gift card.


But that's not enough. We're also having a scavenger hunt all month long (and I'll be doing my leg on 10/21) right here on this blog. But check out all the other days right here.




Preorder this huge bookset for just 99 cents and you will also get a free gift just come here and tell them. Not just a spell book written by the authors, a collection of ebooks including my own book, Tarot Queen.


We're having another party today in the Wings of the Wicked party page, with our authors going all afternoon/evening long today and myself taking a stint at 9 pm CST today.


And, let's not forget, there are tons of great witchy books in here, not the least of which, of course, is the book Mirren Hogan and I have written, Incantation. Find the set here:




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Interviewed again #RitetoReign

>> Wednesday, October 10, 2018

And what a great interviewer Damien is. Such in depth questions.

Turns out, if you give me rope, I will talk and talk, so this is actually part 1 of a three part interview and he'll be adding reviews of two of my books.

That's about as great as it gets. Here's part one where I talk about overcoming some serious writer's block and also about how I juggle a full time job, two time intensive children and my love of writing.

Part two: Analysis of my anthology Legacy
Part three: Part two of my epic interview
Part four:
Part five:

But really, take a look at some of his other reviews and posts. These are some interesting folks and Damien seems to have a knack for finding strengths and weakness of the books he reads and delve into the writer's mind like few others I've seen. He's got dark psychotic crime, historical crime (which is his own bag). emotionally deep short fiction, and supernatural horror.

He's had an interesting foray into fiction so he knows his way.




He'll also be delving into some of the writers and the book bundle set I'm working on, Rite to Reign and that's pretty exciting, too. If you are interested in writing and want a blog to follow, this one might just be the one.

And while you're checking things out, check out the scavenger hunt going on every single day this month where you can win a different prize every day. And check back right here because I'm involved and will be getting you started on my hunt on Oct 21. Right. Here. 


In fact there's lots of excitement on the Rite to Reign site including a book fair, and a free gift for buying the set.

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Love ibooks? Here's a great opportunity #ibooks #RiteToReign

>> Saturday, September 1, 2018

I've mentioned Rite To Reign before, an amazing book bundle of more than twenty writers and novels (just 99 cents!) that I'm fortunate to be a part of. Mirren Hogan and I wrote a novel for it, something a bit off the beaten track, something with magic, dragons, unicorns, political intrigue, demons, and hot guys. Everything one would want in a book. And that's just OUR book. There are so many more fabulous books in there.  And you can pre-order it on ibooks RIGHT NOW!


Don't believe it's something special? Here's a snippet.


"Unicorns are perfect," David assured him. "Look at this place. Texas is positively covered with good grazing unless…unicorns don't eat something crazy like rainbows and shit like that, do they?"
His unicorn tossed its head angrily, nearly cracking him on the head with its horn.
"I have no idea what they eat," Henry replied. Truthfully until now he'd thought they were make-believe. "I'm sure we'll find out." He looked down at the head and neck in front of him.
"UmHigh-ho unicorn?"
The unicorn started walking due south-east.
"I think the map was in this one," Henry said. Built in GPS, hell yeah.
David glanced back, probably to see if the dragons were coming. "Whoa! That silly bird is back. They must be everywhere down here. Or maybe it's feeling amorous and thinks one of the dragons is a mate."
Not funny, Penelope said. This is all so tiresome.
Calliope let out a stream of fire that singed the grass right behind David's unicorn's hooves. The unicorn started forward at a gallop, nearly stabbing David in the eye with its horn with a toss of its head.
Now that's funny.
"Not even slightly funny," Henry shouted and his unicorn started after David's. "We'd prefer not to get killed!" Bloody dragons were more trouble than they were worth. He grabbed hold a handful of mane and hung on for dear life.
"They have to stop some time, right?"
"Here's hoping," David said, pulling back on his unicorn's sparkling mane. "Mine's headed straight for a building. We're in Texas. Let's hope we wander by a tack shop so we can get saddles and bridles or we're going find ourselves on our asses if not our heads."
"Better than a grassy knoll." Henry's unicorn slowed and came to a walk. It wasn't even breathing heavily.
"I don't suppose you can talk?" he asked hopefully.
The unicorn turned its head and gave him the eye.
"I guess not."


And while you're checking out that goodness, check out this lovely freebie of short stories by some of the authors in question, including both Mirren Hogan and myself.




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Call for Submissions for a charity anthology

>> Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Call for Submissions for an anthology highlighting the capabilities and contributions of disabled people in science fiction. This will be a charity anthology with the proceeds and any royalties donated to the Special Olympics. We welcome involvement from disabled authors or those that would be interested in beta reading the final anthology.

Genre: is geared toward science fiction, however, science fantasy, urban fantasy, space opera, other types of fantasy and speculative fiction are  also acceptable as long as we're focused on now or the future instead of ancient history. Other planets and non-human characters are acceptable. Dark fantasy/SF and horror are also acceptable as long as disabled heroes are not turned into victims.

Theme: The main characters must be disabled and succeed through their own efforts and without normalizing (i.e. undoing their disabilities with technology). This book is about celebrating the people who exist today and making them represented in the future.

Age level: should be no racier than PG 13 and YA is not precluded but we will not be targeting a YA or underage audience.

Length: 1500-7500 words

Deadline: All submissions should be received no later than November 30, 2018 with expectation of a February 2019 publication date.

Send submissions to stephanieebarr at Dragonfaeriecreative dot org with the subject "Disabled Heroes"

Format: Word .doc/.docx file, 1" margins, 12-14pt Times (or other serif font), double-spaced, contact info and word count on first page, running header w/name, title, page #, etc. The usual stuff. And please include your name and the story title in the filename. I will accept reprints if you (a) have the rights and (b) it fits our criteria.

Please edit your story carefully. We're all busy indie authors and will not take the time to help you rewrite your work into something that works for us. Please make an effort to send something in finished form that meets the criteria we've set.

Title and cover are not yet finalized.

You can find out more on facebook by joining: https://www.facebook.com/groups/disabledheroes/

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Author confession

>> Friday, July 6, 2018

Author Confession—I was just challenged by my Jeannie JB Richards, to offer contrition, so here goes:

Bless me, Jeannie, for it has been a lifetime since I have confessed my writing sins and hang ups. Please forgive me for...

1) Being an unrepentant pantser that doesn't write up details about the worlds she creates, the plots she devises, or her characters. Yeah, I totally get them, but I never write it down and, when something unexpected comes up, I'll just make it up as a I go. I also write my first draft in nearly final form. If I have a crappy first draft, chances are, I'll never touch it again.


2) Writing YA without reading much of it and not liking most of what I have read. My take on it is different and I wrote to please my daughter rather than following along established trends.


3) Not being a big fan of many established icons of the genres I write in (which doesn't mean they aren't good but that they don't speak to *me*) including Tolkien, Rowlings, Star Wars, Clarke, Asimov (except his real science stuff), while being a fanatic of various icons in all kinds of genres specific to the things that appeal to me. Especially humor.



4) Using cats as plot devices. More than once. Even all the damn time.

> 5) Dragon-human sex. Sorry. 

6) Researching almost nothing except on the fly while I'm writing and getting only what I need to get. Or gathering groups of experts in various fields I hit up so I don't have to become an expert. I probably write fantasy and science fiction (often focused on my own areas of expertise) because I'm lazy.
7) Writing the kind of rhyme/rhythm epic poetry NO ONE reads any more. And not liking any other kind.
8) Being overly critical of (a) incomplete stories in books (story arc left hanging with no completion rather than a chapter in a larger arc) and (b) characters who do things that make no sense (to me). I know they exist, but I don't like reading them. I also struggle with present tense, especially in first person, for no discernible reason.
9) Failing at any kind of self-promotion 'cause I'm not easy get along with.

10) Being inspired by manga not only because it's triggered multiple books but also because it leaves me too little time to read other novels 'cause I'm totally addicted.
Now that you have my #AuthorConfession, it’s time for yours—Author Gibson, Mirren Hogan, Greg Alldredge

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Leibster Blog Award - for me!

>> Tuesday, June 26, 2018

So I was nominated by a blogger that actually keeps up better (mea culpa!), a fellow indie writer, J.I. Rogers (who writes dystopian with a quirk if you want to check it out - you should at least check out her blog because it's awesome. What the award appears to be is just a way for people who admire a blog to share the love. Can't help but love that. And, yes, I'll be tagging, too.



So, what do I do when I "win"?

First, I acknowledge the one who nominated me. Thanks, J.I. Rogers!

Then, I answer her eleven questions.

1. What do you feel is the best blog post you’ve written to date and why?

That's a tough one to answer because I have had some great posts, but mostly early on. However, I had a series of three on what it was like to be a genius and the downsides that has inspired more than one character in a book.  You can find part 1, part 2, and sidebar for "Having it Easy Ain't Easy" via these links. These thoughts became Dylan Chroz, for instance. 

2. If you had to choose one of your current projects to tell a group of strangers about, what would it be?

You keep asking me to choose between all of my beloved babies. I would probably talk about my novel that's coming out August 1. I had so much fun with my characters, dabbling with mythology, something I adored growing up, and, of course, playing with dragons is always fun.  That's The Taming of Dracul Morsus.

3. Who in your life (living or dead) provided you with the best inspiration?

There is absolutely no way I could pick one person and say, "Yep, that was the one that got me started or influenced me the most." But, I have to be fair and say that my second husband was a great writing buddy and my discussions with him have had a huge influence on my writing and have really impacted what I write, how I write, and who I write. 
 
4. What book would you recommend that everyone read?

If I'm depressed, nothing gets me out of it like Georgette Heyer. My all time favorite is These Old Shades, but I recommend The Corinthian the most (and have hooked several men on her).  

5. What is your favorite movie?

Ms. Rogers, I'm totally eclectic. What movies I love depends on my mood. BUT, most of my favorites have at least a modicum of humor in them. Oh well, since someone mentioned it the other day, let's go with Secondhand Lions, which I adored

6. Hypothetical: You’re a well-paid guinea-pig being abandoned on a remote tropical island for an extended period (several years). You have ample food supplies, shelter (even indoor plumbing), electricity, and a decent computer… but the internet is nonexistent, and you will have no human contact. One of the scientists takes pity on you and will leave you an external drive with movies, TV/Netflix series, games, and books on it, but the catch is it can only be one genre. Which genre would you choose?

Anime/manga - yay, something I can answer. I've become obsessed and I have a whole blog devoted to it.
7. Cat, dog, or other?

Cats. I love their independence and purring. They're in all of my books, often with pivotal roles and or telepathic snarkiness.

8. When you’re being creative, do you prefer quiet or some form of sound (music, audiobook…) in the background?

I can't write with music. That's the only time I need quiet. Every other time with any other task, music, audiobooks. whatever, I need the background noise.

9. What can move you more, images or words?

Maybe words, but my love of manga argues I love images, too. And I'm a softy and will get choked up over almost anything. 

10. If you could be assured of accomplishing one thing with your life, what would be your magnum opus?

My kids had happy lives where they were comfortable with who they were and didn't have to suffer. (I'm a dreamer, what can I say?)

11. What is your favorite color?

Purple. No contest. 


Nominate eleven bloggers. Hmm. I've been out of the loop and many of my old favorites have also been letting it slide. Let me see.

Natalie Whipple of Between Fact and Fiction   

Roy of Roy's World
David Kent of multiple blogs like Science Traveler, and White Hot Snow, and the Dake Page
Mary Woldering

GD Deckard and company of Writer's Co-op
AM Ryncroft
Jeannie B Richards

Eric Klein of Feature Friday Futures
Misha Burnett
Jane Jago and E.M. Swift-Hook of Working Title Blogspot
Amy Shannon


UPDATE: Woops, I should have come up with my own questions but I totally forgot, so, just use J.I.Rogers' questions because, despite my complaining, they were pretty good.

 And, hey,  while I have you here, have you preordered the fantastic upcoming book bundle, Rite to Reign for 99 cents. The book Mirren Hogan and I wrote is in there and so many more. You should check it out here!


Come to think of it, have you bought my upcoming book that releases August 1 practically everywhere but here it is on amazon and smashwords? Why the heck not? 






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Rite to Reign - You can order it now!

>> Sunday, June 17, 2018


Another release (another book bundle) is on the horizon (You like what I did there?)

've mentioned a couple times that Mirren Hogan and I and I have written a paranormal romance/urban fantasy, involving both witchcraft and royalty, together. But, even bigger than that news is that our books is only one of a 25 novel set, full of witchcraft and royalty, mayhem and mischief. Find all your links here or there's also B&N and Kobo specific links

Still, even among exalted book companions, Mirren and I had to be different...


Incantation

Granace had survived innumerable European wars by way of witchcraft, but times were changing. Now, tourism and political machinations were the order of the day.
So, David, the Prince of Granace, was forbidden to practice the witchcraft he yearned to pursue, told to leave it to the women in their matriarchal society, and prepare himself to marry for the country's advantage.
But he couldn't, not only because no princess appealed like his best friend, Henry, but also because he was convinced he'd need those skills if his country was going to survive the most diabolical attack…

And hey, here's a blurb:

"I have just want you need." She ran to a large trunk in the back and began rummaging through it throwing this and that out over her shoulder. Some of the items were recognizable but plenty were a mystery. "This!" She trotted back, a carved crystal bottle between her withered hands.
"What is it?"
"Elixir of regeneration. One sip, and your magic will replenish. But only take one. If you take a second one in less than a month, you'll likely explode with the power."
David reached for it. "That will be twenty-five gold. Elixir doesn't come cheap you know."
David scrounged in his pocket and had to fish a few extra pieces from his other pocket. She handed him the bottle with a flourish, then turned her beady little eyes on Henry. "Now, for you."
He took a step back. "I don't know. I think maybe I'm fine after all." He didn't feel like exploding from using something wrong. He could endanger himself perfectly well without help.
"Come, come, the price has already been paid. You need only choose a card."
Henry sighed, but turned his face and tugged a card free. "It better not be the death card." He knew enough about tarot to know it only meant change, not literal death, but he still didn't want to see it.
"Strength," she said, her eyes brightening. "Aren't you the hidden treasure? Well, well." She gripped his hand before he could return the card. "Yes, yes, I feel it. So much strength. You only need the key. The key!" She tossed his hand aside and fetched an ornate jewelry box off the shelf, cackling to herself.
Henry wound a hand in the air near his ear, gesturing to David that he thought maybe she was at least a little bit crazy. They might be too, for listening to her.
"What kind of key?" he asked, not bothering to try to sound like he bought it.
"Well," David whispered to him, "she did know control is one of my weak spots."
"A-ha!" she exulted, swinging a silver chain over her head. "It's here," she said with great portent. "The key."
And there it was, a tiny silver key on a long thick silver chain.
"Well it's a key," Henry replied. "What does it do?" It looked like the kind which opened a child's diary, not a magical artifact of any actual use.
She ignored his reluctance and slipped the chain over his neck. "When the time is right," she said in a whisper with a blast of smoky breath, "it will let you open up the heart of your power."
"How much," said David, fishing the last of the coins from his pocket.
She waved a hand. "You've been such good customers. Call it a bonus."
Henry shrugged. “Thanks, I guess.” It probably wouldn’t do anything anyway. “We should get going.”
David nodded, but thanked the creepy old woman a little too warmly. Then, just before he left, he said, "Hey, do you know unicorns eat? Is it the same as regular horses?"
"Of course not. Unicorns eat shit. They like cow and horse shit, but nothing makes them happier than dragon dung."
"Really?" David said before he was jerked out the front door.
"I think she was full of shit," Henry said, once they were out of earshot. "Who ever heard so much rubbish?"

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